We always recommend using our stick-on labels rather than printing your own. Our labels are wear & tear resistant, waterproof and can be applied to almost any material. They are printed on special polymer based sheet and can submersed in water. Labels perform best on smooth, flat surfaces.
*Not recommended for use in dishwasher cycles above 65°c. Adhesion will depend on the type and flatness of surface the label is mounted to. Items should not be put in a dishwasher for at least 24 hours after fixing the label (48 hours recommended).
**When used with our iron-on fabric backing sheet. Not recommended for use in washing machine cycles above 65°c. Stick-on labels can also be fixed directly onto intact clothing wash care labels but we recommened sticking them onto our iron-on fabric backing sheet as this can be positioned on collars, sleeves and hems. Clothing should not be washed for at least 24 hours after label application (48 hours recommended).
***Not to be used in contact with food. Labels should withstand intermittent high temperatures (up to 100°c) on the outside of cookware only.
All our labels are printed on a polymer based material that is completely waterproof and can be submerssed in water (including swimming pools & salt water) for long periods of time without any peeling. The surface is also coated with a protective UV coating helping prevent wear from light surface abrasion. They can be used on items that are occasionally rubbed against the skin or handled by hand/fingers without the print wearing away.
Stick-on labels that are applied to clothing should ideally be stuck onto our iron-on fabric backing sheets. These are small strips of material designed to adhere onto fabric to provide a smooth surface for a stick-on label. The backing sheets can be positioned anywhere providing the area isn't stretched or pulled when the garment is worn. Stretching will cause the adhesive on the stick-on label to break and the label could peel off.
The backing sheets are positioned on your garment (ideally around the inside of collars, hems and tales) and a medium-hot iron is used over them to melt the adhesive so the backing sheet sticks permanently to the garment. Once it cools and the protective film is removed, the backing sheet provides a smooth surface for any of our stick-on labels. The biggest advantage of applying a label to a garment in this way is that it can be removed in future should you need to give the garment to someone else, sell it or hand it over to a charity shop. It also means you can change your label design later.
The longevity of our labels will depend on how well they are stuck down to the surface and what environmental elements they are exposed to, as well as the frequency. The backing adhesive gains its full strength after a few days of application and labels should always be applied to clean, dry, flat surfaces or surfaces curved in one direction.
Always wait at least 24 hours (48 hours recommended) after application before washing an item or putting it through a dishwasher or washing machine. This is to ensure the adhesive has gained most of its strength. If you attempt to wash a label in a high temperature before then, it may peel off.
Our labels have been designed with removal in mind. They should be fairly easy to remove even after they've been on an item for a while. Use a thin, blunt object to gently peel away one corner of the label until there is enough material to peel the whole label off slowly.
If a label is removed, it should be discarded/replaced. If a label has been on a surface for some time, it may leave some adhesive residue which can removed from most surfaces with an alcohol based cleaning wipe. We also sell these in our shop.